Barnsley Council celebrate the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week

As part of the 'Blaze a Trail' theme, apprentices from a range of services shared their stories on why they were proud to work for the council.

Real apprentice stories were shared on social media, highlighting the learning they have experienced along the way and the benefits of an apprenticeship programme.

Armands, a former level 2 IT apprentice, shared how he worked his way up to his current role as a degree apprentice. Armands said: “I gained a lot of new skills and could experience how the workplace environment operates.”

“I was successful in gaining the newly appointed degree apprentice role. This new role has allowed me to study for a degree in IT and learn invaluable work experience at the same time, all while getting paid to do so. It was an opportunity I couldn’t let slip past, and I don’t regret a minute of it.”

The campaign featured a diverse range of apprentice opportunities at the council. Przemyslaw, an apprentice at Smithies Depot, shared some of his day-to-day activities, including undertaking repairs, routine servicing of all council vehicles, M.O.T preparations, electrical repairs, and vehicle diagnostics.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet Spokesperson for Core, said: “Apprenticeships are a great pathway for people to gain new skills and flourish in their future career. The energy and enthusiasm that they bring to our services is to be celebrated, as well as their hard work and commitment to achieving their potential.”

Take a look at the council’s apprenticeship opportunities at Barnsley.gov.uk/jobs. For more information check out the following social media accounts for job updates and recruitment events:

Facebook: @BarnsleyCouncilJobs

Twitter: @Council__Jobs

This news is linked to Town Spirit. We want to work better together. If everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, together we can make our borough a more welcoming place where people want to live, work and visit.

We’re committed to #AchieveIt by doing everything we can to help you and your family achieve your potential and be the best that you can be. Own it by committing to learn and develop your career.

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